Pallbearers play a major role in many different types of funeral services. A pallbearer is an individual who is responsible for carrying a casket when it must be moved, typically from the location of the funeral ceremony to the cemetery burial plot. Choosing the pallbearers for a loved one's funeral ceremony is an important task that often falls to the family during the funeral planning process.
Because the pallbearers serve a practical function during a funeral service, it's important to take an individual's physical capabilities into consideration before choosing him for this role. Caskets often weigh 100—300 pounds, not including the body, and may need to be carried over unpaved or uneven ground. Six to eight pallbearers are typically chosen to handle this task, but it's still important to consider that each pallbearer will need the ability to safely carry significant weight over possibly slippery or sloped terrain.
Pallbearers are often close family members or friends of the deceased. A pallbearer may be either a man or a woman, and can be chosen from among close or extended family, as well as friends, colleagues, and students. When choosing pallbearers, it's important to consider that this may be an emotionally difficult task for those who are grieving. Rather than assuming an individual will serve as a pallbearer, it's best to approach each individually and ask if they feel comfortable with this role. Alternatively, your funeral home can provide staff members capable of serving as pallbearers if you don't wish to ask friends and family or cannot find enough individuals to carry the casket.
If you have questions or would like assistance with any aspect of funeral planning, Skylawn Memorial Park is here to help. We can provide support and guidance for funeral services, cremation ceremonies, and more to ensure your loved one receives a personalized and loving memorial service. Please visit our website or call (650) 349-4411 to discuss burial and cremation near San Mateo.